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Former NHL defenseman Ian White arrested on multiple weapons charges

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White is facing multiple years in prison if convicted.

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Former NHL defenseman Ian White found himself in a Winnipeg jail cell on Friday after being arrested and charged with multiple weapons-related offenses.

White, who last played in the NHL with the Detroit Red Wings in 2013, was scheduled to be in court on Saturday according to TSN. The charges he faces are fairly substantial:

White faces two charges of careless use or storage of a firearm or prohibited device, two charges of possession of a firearm in an unauthorized place and single charges of unauthorized possession of a firearm, unauthorized importing of a prohibited or restricted firearm, and breach of recognizance.

Canada's Criminal Code states White will face up to five years in prison for unauthorized possession, two years for every careless use charge, five years each for possessing firearms in unauthorized places and unauthorized importing of the firearm and four years for the breach of recognizance charge.

If White gets handed the maximum for each he could be in jail for a long time. He was arrested in 2005 for impaired driving and was caught driving without a seat belt in 2006.

White played 503 games over 11 seasons in the NHL with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Calgary Flames, Carolina Hurricanes, San Jose Sharks and Detroit Red Wings. After two unsuccessful player tryout contracts with AHL teams in 2014 and 2015, White has remained an unrestricted free agent.